The four-year extension agreement reached with Robert Williams was a sensible move by the Celtics, Kevin Pelton of ESPN opines. Williams showed before he was slowed by injuries that he could be productive as the starting center after Daniel Theis was traded in March. The $54MM deal shows that the Celtics are planning to give him a much larger role than he’s had most of his young career. The contract will take him through his development years and into his prime, Pelton adds.
We have more on the Celtics:
- While extensions to Williams and Marcus Smart will eat up the team’s cap space in future years, GM Brad Stevens has maintained a level of future flexibility, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe notes. The Celtics were able to dump Kemba Walker’s contract, gain a $17.1MM trade exception in the Evan Fournier deal with the Knicks and sign Dennis Schroder below market value. “I think we’ve been fortunate to add some guys that can really play,” Stevens said. “That’s a positive. I think we’re in a good position from a big picture standpoint.”
- The team will hold a ceremony to retire Kevin Garnett’s number on March 13, the team tweets. The Hall of Famer spent six seasons in the organization from 2007-13, winning the 2008 championship.
- The Celtics have a rough stretch in December, including a five-game West Coast trip against many of the top teams in that conference, longtime beat reporter Mark Murphy tweets. The entire regular-season schedule can be accessed here.